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Help Aspen family find a cure

Dear Editor:With courage and aplomb, an Aspen family is facing the terrifying question most of us have contemplated at one time: What would I do if I or someone I love was stricken with an incurable disease? When Bob and Carole Sharp’s son Ian was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at age 10, the family leapt into action. The result of that is the second annual Hike for Hope to be held during Winterskl.Carole and Bob are among the most giving, caring people I know – in Aspen or anywhere. Many of us have been direct beneficiaries of their generosity, whether as a guest at one of their wonted dinner parties, as a recipient of any of their glorious hand-me-downs, or as simply one of their many friends. And they have touched so many more lives in the valley indirectly, through their volunteer work.Now, faced with this devastating disease, they continue to give. They donate 100 percent of the money they raise though Hike for Hope to finding a cure for MD – not one penny of it goes to their own son’s care. Typical of their energy and enthusiasm, they have identified a researcher who is tantalizingly close to cracking the code of MD, which, in relation to how many children it kills, is tragically underfunded.Please find it in your hearts to give to Hike for Hope – by participating in the hike, silent auction, or making a cash or in-kind donation. (More details are available at http://www.hikeforhopemd.com.) Anything will help. Please help crush this disease that affects so many and has hit so close to home. After all, at the most basic level, it’s simply about helping a little boy continue to do what he loves – ski.Kelly MurphyLittleton and Aspen